Lenawee Bibles and Bible Records

Family records from Lenawee County, Michigan

Includes a few marriage records, some with images.

Many Bible records were made before the official recording of births, weddings & deaths occurred at the various County seats. Traveling into a County Court House by horse to see that a birth, death or marriage was recorded was difficult. Bible records are indeed a resource of great importance to family researchers.
Please read the information at the bottom of this blog page carefully.

This blog is replacing the web pages previously stored at geocities.com. Since geocities will be closed down soon I had to come up with a method of keeping these records online that was easy and reasonably fast to upload. The formatting is not special, but, at this time I am only interested in keeping the records available to family researchers.

Good luck in your research, and apologies for the lack of format.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Wanton Green Smith Bible Records

Found at the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives in a Hollinger box in a file marked Smith, along with several other Smith Bibles.



To whom it may concern:
This certifies that Wanton Green Smith of Farmington, and Miss Maria Mitchell of Macedon, assurance having been received that no legal impediment exist to forbid the solemnites were, by me, unite in the BONDS of MATRIMONY on the eleventh day of October, in the year of our LORD one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight conformably to the State of New York and the Ordinance of GOD.
Durfee Osbund, Justice of Peace.

Wanton G. Smith b. Jan. 25, 1822
Maria Mitchell Smith b. Dec. 22, 1822

MARRIAGES of their children:

Mitchell C. Smith and Maria Bradt, m.

Clara E. Smith and John B. Kinney, m. Oct. 26, 1883

Clarence George Smith and Josie English, m. Dec. 23, 1885

Franc. A. Smith and E.W. Hutchinson, m. June 29, 1887

Henry C. Smith and Emma M. Watts m. Dec. 20, 1887

Henry C. Smith m. (2) Grace V. Bassett, Sep., 1904 at the “Little Church Around the Corner” New York, City


Mitchell C. Smith, son Wanton G. and Maria M. Smith b. July 17, 1849, Canandaigua, NY

Frances A. Smith, b. June 7, 1852, “

Clara Evaline and Clarence George Smith, (twins), b. Dec. 27, 1856 “

Henry C. Smith, b. June 2, 1854 “

Lucy M. Smith, b. Mar. 15, 1859 “

Louis Gordon Smith, b. Oct. 26, 1861, Michigan

Emma M. Watts Smith, b. May 5, 1866, Adrian

Katherine Watts Smith, dau Henry C. & Emma M. Smith, b. Nov. 18, 1889, Adrian, Mich.

John D. Kinney, b. Mar. 28, 1858, Watertown, N.Y.

Malcom S. Kinney, his son, b. June 13, 1893, Adrian

Lucy M. Smith, d. Oct. 20, 1864, Palmyra, Mich.

Wanton G. Smith, d. Dec. 8, 1889 ae 67y 10m 13d

Maria M. Smith, d. Nov. 11, 1894 72y 10m 22d

Henry Cassarte Smith, d. Dec. 1, 1911 at Adrian

Frank A. Hutchinson, d. Nov. 17, 1905 ae 53y 5m 11d

Emma Watts Smith, d. Nov. 26, 1903 ae 37y 6m 21d

Malcom Smith Kinney, d. May 28, 1930 ae 36y 11m 15d

Clara Smith Kinney, d. Apr. 28, 1933

John D. Kinney, d. Nov. 29, 1939, at Adrian

Donald L. Kinney, drowned, July 16, 1910 ae 22 yrs., at Chicago, in Lake Michigan

Katherine Watts Smith, d. Sep. 1, 1894, at Adrian

Louis Gordon Smith, d. May 29, 1919, at Palmyra
(This son lived on the old homestead, Palmyra)


In the “Weekly Times and Expositer” of Nov. 16, 1894 appeared an Obituary Notice, from which the following items are taken:

At the early hour of 5 Sunday morning death came to the release of Maria M. Smith, widow Wanton Green Smith, at her home in Plamyra, ae 72 yrs.

“Maria Mitchell was b. in De Ruyter, New York, Dec. 22, 1822, m. Wanton Green Smith, Oct. 11, 1848, at Farmington, New York., where they lived until 1860, and then moved to Michigan, locating in Adrian one year and then Palmyra, where she resided until her death.

Mrs. Smith was educated at Lockport Seminary and taught school until her marriage. Brought up a Quaker as were her parents. ---- She leaves six children: Mitchell C. Smith of Davenport, Iowa; Mrs. E.W. Hutchinson of Shelby, Mich., Henry C. Smith of Adrian, and Louis G., who resides on the farm in Palmyra.”

Mrs. Smith was an Active Member of the Palmyra Grange, of which she was Worthy Master, presiding Officer of the Order, for several terms.

H.C.B., Compiler and friend


(Note: on typed record from which this record was taken, the birthplace for Frances, Clara, Clarence, Henry and Lucy was indicated by ditto marks, indicating they were all born in Canadaigua, NY.)

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Lenawee County, Michigan, United States
I am a volunteer in Lenawee County, Michigan. I have posted these records for the use of Family Researchers. Acknowledge and thank many, including Charlie, and several typists. Thanks to Diane & Chuck Oslund who sponsored these records for many years. Recently I added another blog to this series, for Funeral cards and other memorials.

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Please read the following information VERY CAREFULLY! It contains a lot of disclaimers about the Bibles and Bible Records of Lenawee County, Michigan.

First, I am NOT researching these families. I am posting these records on behalf of the Lenawee County Historical Society and other research facilities and groups of Lenawee County Michigan.

You will find records from a few Bibles that were housed at the Adrian Public Library, the records of these Bibles were transcribed by the Lenawee County Family Researchers and have been published in their newsletter. Some of the Bibles once found at the Adrian Public Library have disappeared. It is not known if they are in the repair facility, if they have walked, or simply been misplaced in the Historical Room.

Next, NOT all these records are Bible Records, sometimes they are family records, recorded, but not necessarily from a Bible!

Next, I have made a distinction between Bibles and Bible Records. At the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives there are a number of old Bibles. The actual Bibles are owned by the Society. The records are fading, FAST! I transcribed the records to the best of my ability. It took a long time, and frequently I had to use a bright light and a magnifying glass to read the records. These Bibles are too fragile to photocopy or scan. The inscriptions are too faded to photocopy or scan. The only way to save these records for future researchers was to transcribe them. There may be errors in my transcriptions, and I apologize in advance. I did the best I could with what I was working with.

IF, I have described the entry as a Bible Record, then this record was NOT copied from an actual Bible at the Lenawee County Historical Society. Bible Records refers to a set of records found in the Archives Room in Hollinger boxes (a Hollinger box is an archival safe storage box). We believe that a majority of these hand written transcribed Bible and Family Records were originally copied by Harriet Cole Clark Bowen and the Adrian DAR during the 1930's and 1940's. Other records have been donated to the society.

All possible care was taken in typing the Bible Records, no matter what form they were originally in, actual Bibles, or handwritten copied records. We are sorry for any typing errors, we cannot be responsible for errors in the transcriptions we did not do ourselves.

Comments with parenthesis have usually been added by typist to help researchers in some way, and not part of the original record.

No photocopies or scans of the actual Bibles are available. We fully realize the value of such a record, but at this time we are not allowed to do such copies.